Jesus Walks on Water - Bible Story Summary

See What Jesus Showed the Disciples by Walking on Water

Jesus Walks on Water
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Scripture Reference

Jesus walks on water in Matthew 14:22-33. The story is told in Mark 6:45-52 and John 6:16-21 also, however, in these accounts the reference to Peter walking on water is not included.

Jesus Walks on Water - Story Summary

After feeding the 5000, Jesus sent his disciples on ahead of him in a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee. Several hours later in the night, the disciples encountered a storm.

Jesus came to them walking on water. This terrified the apostle who thought they were seeing a ghost. Jesus told them in verse 27, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."

Peter replied, "Lord, if it's you, tell me to come to you on the water." Jesus invited Peter to come. Peter jumped out of the boat and began walking on the water toward Jesus. But when Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, he saw the wind and waves and started to sink.

Peter cried out to the Lord. Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught Peter. As they climbed into the boat together, the storm ceased. Then the disciples worshiped Jesus, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

Lessons From the Story

  • Jesus sent the disciples away so that he could get alone on the mountainside and pray. Even in his busy schedule, Jesus made spending time with God a top priority.

  • Even though the disciple had been with Jesus for a long time, they didn't recognize him as he approached them in the storm. Sometimes we don't recognize the Lord when he comes to us in the middle of our storms.

  • Peter did not begin to sink until he started looking around at the wind and the waves. When we take our eyes off of Jesus and focus on our difficult circumstances, we will begin to sink under the weight of our problems. If we cry out to Jesus, he will catch us by the hand and raise us above our seemingly impossible surroundings.
  • When he left the boat, Peter started out with good intentions, but his faith faltered. Nevertheless, Peter's leap of faith did not end in failure. Even in his fear, he cried out to the Lord. Peter knew Jesus was the only one who could help him.
  • When Jesus climbed into the boat, the storm ceased. When we have Jesus in our boat, the storms of life will calm, and we can worship him.

Question for Reflection

Even thought we might not walk upon the water, we will go through difficult, faith-testing circumstances. Are you sinking into despair or are you looking to Jesus and his miraculous power for help?

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